Brandeis University offers a wide range of academic courses on gender and sexuality. Here are some of offerings in the Fall 2022. For a more complete list, please visit the Provisional University Bulletin (2022-2023).
Explores gender, sexuality, and cultural systems from a comparative perspective. Topics may include rituals of masculinity and femininity, the vexing question of the universality of women's subordination, culturally-specific classifications of sexual orientation and gender identity, transnational feminisms, sex work, migrant labor, reproductive rights, and much more.
Examines the ways in which cities reflect gender relations and in turn how gender relations impact the very fabric and politics of cities. The course will reflect on questions of gendered embodiment, belonging, identity, femininity, masculinity, sexuality, respectability, risk, surveillance, and resistance as it navigates the everyday worlds of cities.
Provides a deep dive into the analysis of contemporary gender-related policy issues, such as health, domestic violence, military service, reproductive rights, equal employment opportunity, child and dependent care. Special emphasis will be placed on the connection between theory and practice and the intersectional issues of gender, race, identity, and culture. This course investigates basic concepts about sex, gender, and sexuality and considers how these categories intersect with issues of race, class, ethnicity, family, religion, age, and/or national identity.
An examination of the epidemiological patterns of health status by race/ethnicity, gender, and socio-economic status. Addresses current theories and critiques explaining disparities in health status, access, quality, and conceptual models, frameworks, and interventions for eliminating inequalities.
Explores theoretical considerations of the body as a cultural phenomenon intersecting with health, healing, illness, disease, and medicine. Focuses on how gender, race, class, religion, and other dimensions of social organization shape individual and population health.
Explores reproduction as a social and biological set of meanings and processes through which racial, national, gender, and socio-economic inequalities have been amplified, reconfigured and contested across time and place. It locates individual reproductive experiences and outcomes in regional, national and global contexts.
The history and politics of civil liberties and civil rights in the United States, with emphasis on the period from World War I to the present. Emphasis on freedom of speech, religion, abortion, privacy, racial discrimination, and affirmative action. Readings from Supreme Court cases and influential works by historians and political philosophers. Usually offered every year.
Addresses three major dimensions of women's political participation: social reform and women-identified issues; women's organizations and institutions; and women politicians, electoral politics, and party identification. Covers historical context and contemporary developments in women's political activity.
- SOC 187a: Race, Health and Medicine in the African Diaspora, Siri Suh
- SOC 130a: Families, Kinship and Sexuality, Karen Hansen
We hope you take advantage of these course offerings and engage in meaningful conversations with faculty and fellow students. You may continue exploring these important topics with a GSC Pride Rep, trained peer educators, by requesting a one-on-one conversation or dropping in at the GSC in Usdan.
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